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Shujaa target quarters at Los Angeles Sevens

Shujaa face Samoa, Scotland and England in Pool 'D' and Oyoo said the recent form shown in Birmingham will be vital going forward.

In Summary

• Following a satisfactory performance at the just concluded Commonwealth Games in Birmingham where they reached the quarters, Oyoo said the side must continue the momentum in Los Angeles.

•Shujaa are set to resume training next week after the mandatory 10-day rest period from the Commonwealth Games.

Shujaa celebrate during their game against Jamaica at the Coventry Stadium in Birmingham on Friday
Shujaa celebrate during their game against Jamaica at the Coventry Stadium in Birmingham on Friday
Image: HANDOUT

Kenya Sevens will be targeting the Cup quarterfinals at the Los Angeles Sevens later this month, skipper Nelson Oyoo has said.

Following a satisfactory performance at the just concluded Commonwealth Games in Birmingham where they reached the quarters, Oyoo said the side must continue the momentum in Los Angeles.

"It's been a difficult year in the World Seven Series where we are yet to get to the last eight. We need to get back being competitive and playing in the main cup quarters consistently,” added Oyoo.

Shujaa played in the cup quarters in Dubai in November but since then their performances have nosed-dived in with poor performances at the Malaga, Seville, Singapore, Vancouver and London tournaments since the turn of the year.

Shujaa face Samoa, Scotland and England in Pool 'D' and Oyoo said the recent form shown in Birmingham will be vital going forward.

"Our performances in Birmingham were good but we can get better. We are not resting on our laurels. The mood in the side is great. We want to to do better and return to where we were in the past,” added Oyoo.

Oyoo observed that Samoa are a physical side and that Shujaa will play a  tactful game to beat them.

“We can match them in terms of physicality but we have to be smart tactically in exploiting gaps and spaces. We played well against Scotland in Birmingham and we just need to work on few areas to beat them,” noted Oyoo.

Against England, the Nakuru RFC veteran expects a competitive test.

"The English are always a tough side to beat but we will be more than relishing the challenge," said Oyoo.

Shujaa are set to resume training next week after the mandatory 10-day rest period from the Commonwealth Games.

Upon the conclusion of the Los Angeles Sevens, Shujaa will play at the Rugby Sevens World Cup in Cape Town, South Africa where they will open their campaign against Tonga.

Shujaa celebrate during their game against Jamaica at the Coventry Stadium in Birmingham on Friday
Shujaa celebrate during their game against Jamaica at the Coventry Stadium in Birmingham on Friday
Image: HANDOUT
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